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Cat war

The situation has not improved; it is, in fact, notably worse. If the cats are both out, Tori hisses and growls at Lexi, making noises I did not know a cat could make, and rather than leaving well enough alone, Lexi keeps trying to make overtures toward her. Whichever cat I put in the bathroom freaks out -- we tried to leave Lexi in there overnight, and then learned at 3:30am that he knows how to open the door. After enough caterwauling, we herded Tori into the bathroom and had some relative peace. This morning we attempted to reunite them, an effort which went poorly, so now Lexi is back in there (with something heavy blocking the door, which should keep him from being able to push it open). I barely slept and really don't know what to do now.

Everything on the Internet said to keep them separated, switching rooms regularly so they can still smell each other, and then slowly reintroduce them, a process which can take days. But I'm going out of town on Thursday; we don't have days. Any advice is welcome. :\

Update: On advice from my friend A, I let Lexi out while watching both kitties like a hawk, and after some hissing and posturing, everyone settled down and we seem to have relative peace. I'm still wary, but the situation is stable anyway. Let's hope they work this out on their own now, another night like last one is not really on my wishlist.

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iamleaper
Nov. 26th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
This happened a few months ago with Iso and Tangent. Their evil nemesis, the White Kitty (a neighborhood stray), was up in my window annoying Iso, and she got all riled up and just flipped out. I think Tangent tried to play with her and Iso just rounded on her and attacked. And then any time either of them saw the other, it was all hisses and yowling and fighting. It was disturbing and went on for a couple of days. It was in the middle of summer, and I had to close my windows because during one of their fights, Tangent almost fell out the window. :/

I think Iso was just freaked out about the Evil White Kitty invading her territory and took it out on Tangent. I wound up keeping them separated, and letting them out together and watching them closely. Eventually, after many pettings and reassurances from me to both of them, they calmed down and remembered that they were friends. It was super scary though.
owlmoose
Nov. 26th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that kind of displaced aggression is fairly common, according to the web research we did on "help, my cats suddenly hate each other!"

It helps that only one cat is wigged out -- Lexi continues to be confused, and a little to quick to try and be friends again, but he's not upset with her, so he's not instigating any aggression. So it's just a matter of calming her down, and keeping an eye on things so that she doesn't lash out at him to the point where he gets angry at her. When I left for coffee and chorus, things were tense but calm, and hopefully that state of affairs continues.

Thanks! It's good to hear that things can calm down again. These cats have had their fights, but never anything this severe, and it's distressing for a kitty mom.
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